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TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Ruth Ann Myers of Yamhill celebrates a Trump win at headquarters in Tigard Tuesday evening. Trump won about 64.5 percent of the vote for the GOP primary.Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump further cemented his claim after winning big in Oregon on Tuesday night.


Unofficial results released at 8 p.m. Tuesday show Trump, a real estate tycoon and reality television personality, claiming 64.5 percent of the early vote in Oregon’s Republican primary.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich had worked to make a big push through the Beaver State in an attempt to keep Trump from receiving enough delegates to take the nomination at next month’s Republican National Convention. But that plan failed soon after it was announced. Kasich left the race on May 4, although his name still appeared on Oregon’s ballot, along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Add Oregon to the list of states that have supported Donald Trump. On Tuesday, the New York businessman won the state's primaryTuesday’s results showed Kasich and Cruz effectively tied for second place. Kasich took 16.6 percent of Tuesday's vote. Cruz took 16 percent.

Trump now needs fewer than 100 more delegates to claim the nomination outright, but with no other candidates left in the race, it’s largely been decided.

If he does receive the nomination, Trump will be the first presidential nominee to have not served in any elected office since Dwight Eisenhower.

Trump also won the Republican race in Kentucky, which also held its primary on Tuesday.

Trump didn’t court the Portland area much during the primary season. He canceled his rally in the Portland area on May 7, but did hold a rally in Eugene that same day which drew more than 4,000 people.

Trump is now looking toward November, promising during his Eugene rally to carry the state during the general election.

If Trump manages that feat, he’d be the first Republican to win Oregon in the general election since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

“Congratulations to THE MOVEMENT,” Trump tweeted to supporters on Tuesday night. “We have just won THE GREAT STATE OF OREGON. The vote percentage is even higher than anticipated! Thank you.”

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A young Donald Trump supporter watches results come at the candidate's Tigard headquarters


'This summer, it’s all on the table '

Trump’s victory was far from a surprise. As the only Republican candidate left in the race, it was largely a foregone conclusion, but that didn’t stop Trump supporters from celebrating at the candidate’s office on Southwest 72nd Avenue in Tigard.

William Joseph Fields of Hillsboro was a lifelong Democrat before he switched his party affiliation a few months ago to support Trump.

“I was a complete and utter Bernie supporter,” he said standing outside Trump’s Portland office, sporting long hair, a beard and a “Make America Great Again” T-shirt. “… It’s crazy, man. The more I dug, the more truth I found about the situation.”

Fields said he supports Trump largely because of his economic ideas.

“With Trump, he’s sounding a bit more coherent and logical … We’ll have a growing GDP, there’s not really a decision that needs to be made,” he said. “Trump makes sense, not just in the short term, but in the medium-to-long term.”



Oregon Republican Presidential Race
*as of 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17

Candidate Votes
Donald Trump
157,897
John Kasich
40,239
Ted Cruz
38,883


A few feet away, Carrie Wolf of Newberg said she has been volunteering, making phone calls for the candidate for months. Wolf has been a fan of Trump since his campaign announcement last summer.

“He said everything I’d been waiting for years to hear someone running for office to say,” she said. “The military. Immigration. Jobs. The economy. My son is in the military and we have jobs in Newberg that is going to Mexico. In Newberg. Can you believe that?”

Fields said he couldn’t support the Democratic candidate, even if he had stayed a Democrat.

“‘Hitler-y’ is a criminal,” Fields says, referring to Clinton. “She belongs in prison.”

A poll of likely voters released last week by Oregon Public Broadcasting and FOX 12 showed only 32 percent of poll respondents said they’d vote for Trump in the general election, compared to 43 percent for Hilary Clinton.

Fields said he expects those numbers to change.

“This summer, it’s all on the table (between Clinton and Trump),” he said. “He’s literally going to grind her into little bits and pieces. I don’t want anybody to be met with violence, but it’s obvious to me that there is no way she can beat Trump. If her and her New World Order cronies try to tip the table on Trump, this will be the second great revolution. I feel it in my heart. I don’t want it to happen. The left and right have more in common than we don’t. We’re all in this together.”

As Fields speaks, a woman passed by, stopping to admire his attire.

“I like your shirt,” she said, wearing her own Trump hat.

“I like it too!” Fields shouted back. “Let’s make American great again!”


By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor
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